THE WYE RIVER MEMORANDUM
U.S. Letters of Assurance to Israel
Embassy of the United States of America
Mr. Dani Naveh
I wanted to confirm our policy on the issues of Permanent Status Negotiations and Prisoner Releases. In this regard, the statements issued publicly by the State Department are accurate and represent our policies.
With regard to Permanent Status Negotiations, the statement said: " the U.S. is highly sensitive to the vital importance of the permanent status issues to Israel's future. We recognize that the security of the State of Israel and the Israeli public is at stake, and the U.S. commitment to Israel's security remains ironclad. "
" We appreciate that if the U.S. is invited by both parties to participate in the permanent status talks, which are to be conducted between Israel and the Palestinians on a bilateral basis, we will do so for the purpose of facilitating the negotiations. "
" Only Israel can determine its own security needs and decide what solutions will be satisfactory. "
" We also understand that any decision to convene or seek to convene a summit to resolve permanent status issues will need the agreement of both parties. "
As for the issue of prisoner releases and the question of a " revolving door ", the statement said: " we have had discussions with the Palestinians and they have given us a firm commitment that there will be no 'revolving door'. "
These public statements by the State Department represent our policies. We will not change them and they will remain our policies in the future.
Edward S Walker Jr.